Who exactly are you people?

CHRIS SIVAK
Artistic Director

Chris Sivak is a talented multi–instrumentalist and composer residing in Vancouver, BC. His output covers a wide variety of ground ranging from the soberly serious to the seriously absurd; all lush and lasciviousness, hunting for the perfect musical moment, to manic chamber opera featuring casts of characters out to tickle your funny bone. (That’s OperaFeHk!

Chris studied music at UBC with Stephen Chatman and Dorothy Chang. He subsequently moved on to become the composer in residence with the Laudate Singers Of North Vancouver from 2014 to 2016 and is an Associate Composer with the Canadian Music Centre. He is also a freelance writer whose words are often found in the pages of Vancouver’s local papers and maintains a blog at http://www.chris-sivak.com where he dissects music in his own quirky way. Chris also loves to cycle, dance, and wear silly socks.

GENEVIEVE MACKAY
General Manager

Genevieve MacKay is a Vancouver-based musician, writer, and arts administrator who holds her MA in Ancient Culture, Religion, and Ethnicity from the University of British Columbia. Her writing has appeared in Room Magazine, Vallum Magazine, and Leaf Press’s “Monday’s Poem” series. As a musician, she has performed with the Plastic Acid Orchestra, Lions Gate Sinfonia, Kamloops Symphony, OperaFeHk, the indie band Sorry Buttons, Vancouver Viols, United Players of Vancouver, and more. As an administrator, she has worked with Early Music Vancouver, Music on Main, and the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. In her spare time, she can be found drinking tea, reading lengthy novels, and practicing sun salutations.

ELIZABETH BROWN
Orchestra Liaison

Elizabeth Brown is one of the founding minds of OperaFeHk and plays the oboe, english horn, and flute. She has a Bachelor in Music from the University of British Columbia and an Artist Diploma from the Vancouver Academy of Music. Beth has recently moved to Toronto, Ontario, but continues to manage the OperaFeHk orchestra from afar. She performs with the Lions Gate Sinfonia on the North Shore and with a variety of chamber groups in the Toronto area.

 

BRYAN DEANS
Conductor In Residence

Born and raised in Vancouver, Bryan Deans has been leaving a lasting impression on the Vancouver classical music scene. Bryan is a cellist, conductor and music director known not only for his skill but also his energy, leadership and dedication to his art. His passion for classical music has been tempered with his love for other genres from rock, pop, jazz, folk and experimental, with the resulting dynamism reflecting in his choice of projects.  He is also founder of Plastic Acid Orchestra, a full symphony orchestra bent on breaking through genres and finding new fans for orchestral performance. Currently he is also music director at St. John’s School, the assistant conductor of the Lions Gate Sinfonia, and a board member of the West Coast Symphony. Bryan has a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Victoria.

CHARACTERS

HIPPO HOUSE
role created and performed by Josh Pendlebury

 

 

 

 

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SHANDI TACKALEER

role created by Gavin Rourke

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BARON VON TONE
performed by Russell Cripps

 

 

 


MAESTRO GRIMEY LEVINE

role created and performed by Chris Sivak

THE ORCHESTRA
Genevieve MacKay, viola;  Anne Duranceau, bass (creator); Carol Dymond, flute (creator); Elizabeth Brown, oboe; Kate Frobeen, clarinet (creator); Ellen Marple, trombone

 

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